Eunice Okumu is a Research Associate in the Behavioral, Epidemiological & Clinical Sciences division for Global Health, Population and Nutrition at FHI 360. She joined FHI 360 in 2012, and has more than a decade of international experience providing support on a range of domestic and international multidisciplinary research studies in the form of project management, study coordination, data management, qualitative and quantitative data analysis, ethics review management, and peer-reviewed publications. She also has experience working with domestic and international stakeholders.
Okumu has experience conducting research in Africa (Kenya, South Africa and Uganda) and the United States. She started her career at Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI), working on NIH-funded malaria projects, and later worked on CDC-funded HIV prevention projects. Okumu’s research interests include: HIV prevention and treatment, family planning, community-based participatory research, and health communication.
Okumu has a Bachelors (B.A.) degree in Sociology from Moi University in Kenya, and a Master of Public Health (MPH) degree from the University of New England.
Select recent publications
- Stalter, R.M., Tharaldson, J., Owen, D.H., Okumu, E., Moench, T., Mack, N., Tolley, E.E., and MacQueen, K.M. Attitudes and perceptions towards novel objective measures of ARV-based vaginal ring use: results from a global stakeholder survey. Access at: http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0180963.
- Okumu, E., Jolly, D., Wheeless, A., Alston, L., Eley, N.T., Laws, M., MacQueen, K.M. Relationship between Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) Knowledge, HIV-Related Stigma, and HIV Testing among Young Black Adults in a Southeastern City. Frontiers in Public Health, 13 March 2017. Access at: https://doi.org/10.3389/fpubh.2017.00047.
- MacQueen, K.M., Dlamini, S., Perry, B., Okumu, E., Sortijas, S., Singh, C., Pillay, D., Majors, A., Jerome, S., Watson, S., Karim, S.A., Karim QA, Mansoor LE. Social context of adherence in an open-label 1% Tenofovir Gel trial: gender dynamics and disclosure in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. 2016. AIDS and Behavior, 1-10. Access at: https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10461-016-1339-4.
- Jolly D, Mueller MP, Chen M, Alston L, Hawley M, Okumu E, Eley NT, Stancil T, MacQueen KM. Concurrency and Other Sexual Risk Behaviors among Black Young Adults in a Southeastern City. 2016. Article in AIDS Education and Prevention 28(1):59-76. Access at: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26829257.
- MacQueen KM, Chen M, Jolly D, Mueller MP, Okumu E, Eley NT, Laws M, Isler MR, Kalloo A, Rogers RC. HIV testing experience and risk behavior among sexually active Black young adults: a CBPR-based study using respondent-driven sampling in Durham, North Carolina. 2015. American Journal of Community Psychology. Access at: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4439184/.